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Black entrepreneurs pitch startups to investors at Google for Startups Black Founders Exchange event

Friday marked the seventh annual Google for Startups Black Founders Exchange event at American Underground in Durham. Nationwide, Black entrepreneurs typically receive disproportionately less funding for startups. With a microphone, PowerPoint presentations, and big ideas, Black entrepreneurs presented their startup companies to a room of investors. With businesses focused...

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Exec advice: 3 leadership cheat codes to improve your impact immediately

In learning and in leadership, just like in video games, there are cheat codes to getting what you want faster and more efficiently. I recently gave a talk to a group of working MBA students at NC State’s Poole College of Management, where I shared a handful of the biggest cheat codes I have learned in my 20-plus years of leading, growing and selling firms. Read on …

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Searching for ‘male allies:’ Looking for positives in fact women’s leadership event draws few men

Over 900 attendees filled the Raleigh Convention Center today, packing the rooms of the Raleigh Chamber’s Women’s Leadership Conference 2022. Topics included how to challenge traditional workplace norms, ensure gender parity, and create an equitable environment for all. But there were few men on hand to participate. Good? Bad? let’s discuss,

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You & inclusive language: Specific resources and recommendations for tech firms

In my 20+ years as a leader, I’ve made about 20,000 mistakes, most of them based on poor communication. Early in my career, I didn’t understand the impact that my word choice could have on business outcomes. But if there is one job that can teach you quickly to care about language, it’s sales. On my journey to the CEO’s chair, I’ve learned this: the words you use reflect who you are, how you see the world, and who you want to be. 

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